Floral Fest at Moscow’s Apothecary Garden

WITH MY TUESDAY’s lacquer painting class cancelled on this date in 2007, I had the day free. Kathrin proposed that we went to Apothecary Garden. Along with our little ones, we hopped onto the metro to Prospekt Mira. It may already be the second week of May but it was still a cold day, cloudy but pleasant.

There we were, in the country’s oldest botanical located right in the city, a place founded by Peter the Great in 1706, initially to cultivate medicinal plants. It was converted into a botanical garden when the Moscow State University purchase the site in 1805.

History aside, today there are reportedly some 200 types of shrubs and trees, some said to be over 300 years old!

Come every spring, the garden becomes a floral feast to the eyes. Flowers of various species and colours burst in full bloom. While I didn’t come across the willow tree said be the oldest tree in central Moscow, nor the larch reportedly planted by Peter the Great himself, there were enough floral attractions to keep us awed.

Apothecary Garden, Moscow

Apothecary Garden, Moscow.

Daffodils are early bloomers that indicate spring has arrived; and tulips… its bulbs are planted back in autumn in time to bloom in spring.

Daffodils are early bloomers that indicate spring has arrived; and tulips… its bulbs are planted back in autumn in time to bloom in spring.

Hyacinths – pink and purple – known for their sweet fragrance.

Hyacinths – pink and purple – known for their sweet fragrance.

Other flowers variety.

Pretty flowers.

There’s even cherry blossoms too.

There were even cherry blossoms too.

A picturesque scenery of the lake within the Garden.

A picturesque scenery of the lake within the Garden.

A walking path through the Garden; a silver maple tree from North America.

A walking path through the Garden; a silver maple tree from North America.

M and Carolin enjoyed the playground.

M and Carolin enjoyed the playground.

The girls feeling on top of the world!

The girls feeling on top of the world!

Two weeks later, we went back to Apothecary Garden Again when the flowers were in full bloom!

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